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Last updated: January 11, 2017 - 12:54pm

Discover Today’s Rackham Graduate School

Amy Westmoreland

Amy Westmoreland, Ph.D. Candidate, Psychology, Predoctoral Fellowship

Student Spotlight: Amy Westmoreland

Sheila Waterhouse 07/11/2017

Amy’s dissertation looks at diversity in the workplace and how racial stereotypes influence chances for upward mobility. She particularly focuses on Asian Americans and the model minority myth that portrays Asian Americans as competent and smart but lacking social skills, stereotyping them as fit for jobs that require competence and technical expertise but unfit for jobs that require leadership skills. She explains, “Asian Americans... continue reading

Veena Sahajwalla

Veena Sahajwalla, Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering

Alumni Spotlight: Veena Sahajwalla

Ella Webb 07/07/2017

Veena Sahajwalla vividly remembers her interview for the Barbour Scholarship program. She remembers sitting in the interview room, feeling nervous, and being asked what impact she wanted to have on the world - what her vision was for her own legacy. Her response? “To use engineering to improve the quality of people’s lives, to take any lessons back to India, and to have a global impact.” She was soon selected for the... continue reading

Sudha Krishnamurthy

Sudha Krishnamurthy, Ph.D., Oral Health Sciences

Alumni Spotlight: Sudha Krishnamurthy

Sheila Waterhouse 06/23/2017

As the Program Director of the Office of Postdoctoral and Graduate Affairs at the Gladstone Institutes, Dr. Sudha Krishnamurthy says that the most rewarding part of her career is working with graduate students and postdocs on their career and professional development. Sudha began her own professional career in 1999, when she entered dental school in India, a five-year program that she completed in 2004. During this time, she became interested in... continue reading

Brandon Patterson

Brandon Patterson, M.A., Higher Education and M.S.I., Information

Student Spotlight: Brandon Patterson

Sheila Waterhouse 06/23/2017

Before coming to U-M for his dual Master’s degrees, Brandon worked in international education at his alma mater, The University of Utah. He worked for the International Center advising students on immigration regulations. It was through building close relationships with international students that he began seeing how students connected to content– often digitally. “I saw these connections being made by students with online... continue reading